Saturday, September 27, 2008

Make Money From Home with Telecommuting - Four Rules for Success

Make Money From Home with Telecommuting - Four Rules for Success
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The Internet has completely changed the way many people approach employment and the opportunities to make money from home are now endless.

This is because the Internet has made it not only possible, but desirable, for companies to outsource areas of work that traditionally were carried out in-house. The company can save a huge amount of money by not having to employ full time staff members and provide them with office space and equipment.

Outsourcing of data entry and typing jobs has become known as 'telecommuting'. To carry out the job, a successful telecommuter needs only to have a computer with an Internet connection (together with suitable software and computer skills). It is in ideal job for many people who have decided to stay at home or for people who have no choice but to do so. Many mothers with young children find it an ideal way to make money from home because they can fit in the work around their family commitments.

However, telecommuting is not a way to make a lot of money at home without a lot of effort. To be successful in any job or occupation, commitment and effort are required.

So, let's look at some of the most important aspects of making telecommuting , or online jobs, successful for you.

Rule # 1: Set Out Your Schedule and Stick To It

Don't pay any attention to those lame television commercials professing that you can sleep until noon, work for an hour or two in the afternoon and still make mega bucks. Working from home is not about working at your leisure. It is about working without travel and overhead expenses. Haphazard, lazy schedules are extremely self-defeating. You cannot regard a telecommuting job as a "goofing off" opportunity. It does give you the flexibility though to work in the evening if you are not at your best in the morning. But whether you are a night lark or a morning bird, draw up your schedule and stick to it. Success will soon follow.

Rule # 2: Designate a Specific Work Area

Don't try to do your telecommuting work lying in bed with your laptop on your chest. This is a big "no-no" because it really cuts into your ability to be efficient. Instead, set up a room or a particular section of the house as a work area. This will provide the cohesion and organization needed to make the workday effective.

Rule # 3: Dress for Success

As with having your workspace properly set up, it is also important not to dress too casually when working form home. Remember, anytime you are too leisurely in your approach , your ability to be efficient will be limited. You don't have to wear a suit and tie or a power outfit, but you should wear something conducive to a professional approach to your work - you do feel more business like if you are dressed accordingly.

Rule # 4: Make The Most of Tax Deductions

If you are employed on contract as opposed as an employee, be sure to take those special deductions related to working from home. For example, you can deduct a percentage of your rent or mortgage based on the amount of space your work area takes up. Other expense deductions can also add up so be sure to keep detailed records on what you spend related to your work.

Telecommuting is still a relatively new way to make money from home but done correctly, it can be your key to financial freedom.

Susan Aston has developed the My Make Money From Home Story website, which tells her story of going from broke to making a great living online. The site provides information and advice on ways to make money from home. She is also the author of the "Working From Home - Make Your Time Count" ebook, an invaluable reference guide for anyone who works from home. This 30 page ebook is available for Free from:

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